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Volume 20, issue 2
Foss. Rec., 20, 259–278, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-20-259-2017
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Special issue: Secondary adaptation of tetrapods to life in water...

Foss. Rec., 20, 259–278, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-20-259-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 07 Dec 2017

Research article | 07 Dec 2017

Koristocetus pescei gen. et sp. nov., a diminutive sperm whale (Cetacea: Odontoceti: Kogiidae) from the late Miocene of Peru

Alberto Collareta et al.
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Extant pygmy and dwarf sperm whales (Kogia spp.) are known as small-sized and enigmatic relatives of the great sperm whale Physeter. Here we describe Koristocetus pescei, a new fossil kogiid from the late Miocene (ca 7 million years ago) of Peru. The description of this new form evokes a long history of morphological and ecological diversity in fossil kogiids, thus suggesting that our comprehension of the evolutionary history of diminutive sperm whales is still far from being exhaustive.
Extant pygmy and dwarf sperm whales (Kogia spp.) are known as small-sized and enigmatic...
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